I travelled to Atlanta, Georgia this year for Romance Writers of America's® Annual National Conference. Part business, a lot of pleasure, and a reminder of what a special community of authors exists in the romance genre. There's nothing like it and I feel blessed that RWA exists. From my perspective, there's no better support system for writers who want to learn and grow in the craft. And, to be honest, it's just a lot of cool people!
One of the highlights for me was giving a workshop with my amazing agent, Jill Marsal, of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. The topic–Secrets to Selling Your Novel: Key Writing Skills that Matter from a Writer's And Agent's perspective. Jill and I have had some great conversations about this. I was unpublished when Jill took a risk and signed me. She saw something in my writing–for which I will always be grateful–but she also really helped me hone my craft. She helped me work through some of those last few craft skills that I needed to take my writing from seven-time Golden Heart® finalist, to Golden Heart® Winner, published author and Rita® finalist (I'm still pinching myself over that one).
For those of you who know me, it won't surprise you that I analyze absolutely EVERYTHING. So, after I sold my first book, then sold another nine in about a year, I wanted to really figure out what I had done...because a lot of people asked me. This workshop was the attempt to do that. How do you take your writing from okay to writing that pushes you to another level? I don't pretend to have all the answers. I'm still learning. I hope I'm always learning, but in this presentation, Jill and I provide a few key tips that I really hope inspire you to take YOUR book to the next level.
I promised the attendees at the workshop this presentation and handout a few weeks ago, and I have to apologize. I had to stand up a new computer, then a new modem, and it just took a while to get everything working on all cylinders again.
Bill Stephens Productions will be selling the audio version of the workshop soon. Check out his website for some of the fantastic sessions. Oh, and feel free to send me an email through the website if you have questions. I'll get back to you as soon as possible. Thanks SO much for stopping by!
Secrets of Selling: Writing Techniques that Matter (Robin Perini and Jill Marsal)
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I hope you enjoy!